Suhuyini Abudulai

 sabudulai@casselsbrock.com
Telephone: 416 642 7452
Fax: 647 259 7952
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Toronto
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada
M5H 3C2

Suhuyini Abudulai is a partner in the Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters involving financial services. She regularly advises on the regulation of Canadian financial services and has particular expertise in federal and provincial consumer protection laws in Canada. She frequently provides strategic legal counsel to clients in areas of consumer finance, documentation, licensing, and disclosure requirements. Suhuyini also provides advice on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws, debt collection licensing and requirements, cost of credit disclosure, gift and prepaid cards, loyalty programs, and unfair business practices.

Suhuyini advises clients on commercial lending transactions, acting for lenders and borrowers in a variety of domestic and multijurisdictional transactions, including secured lending and syndicated loans.

In 2018, Suhuyini was invited by the Investment and Innovation Bureau of Global Affairs Canada to participate in its mission of raising Canada's visibility as a prime investment destination by joining them as an Investment Champion. In this capacity, Suhuyini promotes the Canadian fintech sector and foreign direct investment into Canada in this sector.

Suhuyini’s experience includes:

  • Acting for the Federal Government of Canada, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, in connection with its credit substitution guarantee of the $6.3 billion project financing for the Muskrat Falls and Maritime Link portions of the Lower Churchill River Hydro Electric Projects
  • Advising Silver Wheaton on the security and intercreditor aspects of its purchase of silver and gold production from HudBay Minerals
  • Representing Sprott Power Corp. in its $61 million debt financing for the Amherst, Nova Scotia Wind Power Generation Project, a joint venture with Firelight Infrastructure Partners
  • Representing Hilco (UK) Ltd. its purchase of $130 million of the Kraus Group's debt and security from three secured lenders
  • Advising a Canadian corporation on its continuance as a Schedule I bank
  • Representing a Schedule I bank since its inception on regulatory compliance and corporate matters
  • Advising issuers of prepaid products on Canadian consumer protection laws and Canadian payment systems rules
  • Advising on the application of federal, provincial, territorial consumer protection laws
 

Publications include:

  • A Guide to Canadian Money Laundering Legislation, 5th Edition (LexisNexis Canada)
  • The Annotated Ontario Consumer Protection Act (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canadian Commercial Law Guide – Consumer Protection (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Consumer Protection, Commercial Law Module of Lexis Practice Advisor Canada (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Banking and Finance (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canada-U.S. Commercial Law Guide (Thomson Carswell)
  • “Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Provincial Consumer Protection Laws Apply to Bank-Issued Credit Cards” (Financial Services Group E-lert)
  • “Consumer Transactions in Canada: Overview of Consumer Protection” (CFSC 101 Series Publications: Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association).
  • “Perfecting Security Interests in Cash Collateral – Proposed Amendments to the Ontario PPSA" (National Creditor and Debtor Review)
  • “Payment Cards – Recent Developments" (National Banking Law Review)

Suhuyini is also a prolific speaker on various topics related to financial services, the payments industry, fintech and the Consumer Protection Act and has conducted CPD accredited sessions for clients on topics including the fundamentals of the Code of Conduct for the Debit and Credit Card Industry, initiatives of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, FINTRAC guidelines, money service businesses, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing initiatives.

Achievements

  • Recipient, Precedent Setter Award by Precedent Magazine (2016)
  • Named, Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine (2016)
  • Listed, Lawyer100 Canada by Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2018)

 

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2009

Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Chair of the International Taskforce of the Consumer Financial Services Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Lender Liability Committee of the Commercial Finance Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Lawyers of Color Subcommittee
    • Content Director and Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    • Co-Editor of the Commercial Finance and Uniform Commercial Code Committee's Commercial Law Newsletter (2012–2016)
    • Business Law Fellow (2017-2019)
  • Black Female Lawyers Network
    • Member of the Retreat and Events Committee and Member of the Membership Committee
  • National Bar Association, Member of the Editorial Board of the National Bar Association Magazine
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • Chair of the Business Law Section Executive Committee (previously served as Vice-Chair (2016-2018) and Secretary (2013-2016))
    • Chair of the Consumer Law Committee of the Business Law Section